Drawing on a variety of published and online sources, as well as exclusive interviews with many of the principals, this latest Beatles bio focuses on an aspect of the group with which some fans may not be sufficiently familiar. Although the group's public image was one of playfulness and big smiles, the Fab Four were often mired in internal politics and conflict. The book details the enormous pressures the Beatles operated under and shows that, in addition to musicians, they very quickly had to become businessmen and diplomats. The Giulianos also offer up an assortment of trivia tidbits that may come as a surprise to some readers. For instance: Paul sang lead vocals on "Love Me Do," although it was supposed to be John; a key line in "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" was a blooper; John, not Ringo, played drums on "Back in the USSR." The book's usefulness to Beatle fans will depend entirely on how much they have already read about the group, but one thing is certain: for the average reader, it's an eye-opener. David PittCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Geoffrey Giuliano is the author of over twenty internationally bestselling biographies including the Sunday Times bestseller Blackbird/The Life and Times of Paul McCartney, and Dark Horse/The Private Life of George Harrison and biographies on Bob Dylan and Elisabeth Taylor. In addition, Giuliano is a frequent broadcaster and has written and produced over sixty original spoken word CDs and video documentaries on various aspects of popular culture.